Science is the driving force behind whatever we say, whatever we do and all that happens in and around us. It is essentially the core of all we deal it. Technology is moving forward at an amazing rate and we are to actually grow “old”, in case we do not keep up with the new technological advancements. A major aspect that we often forget are science museums and an often-asked question that needs answering is: how well do science museums actually teach us science? The answer is not as simple as seems apparent. Here’s listing a few arguments for and against the statement.
Include live specimens and demonstrations: The main motive of museums is to impart knowledge through real life models or actual specimens. This is done to make the process of giving out facts and absorbing then much more lively and exciting. Live demonstrations play a highly active role in such scenarios.
Interactive and more appealing: The most significant aspect perhaps is that the medium of imparting knowledge through science museums is a very interactive one. Science books may seem full and boring to many young children, but in reality, the topics being covered are not. So, they end up seeing live models and demonstrations of the theoretical topics that are written down in their books. It not only piques their interest but also totally makes a firm imprint of the interactive session in their brain. The guides help understand specific books and corners in lucid jargon and it’s a very good experience.
Develops curiosity: One of the main ways through which science prospers is through curiosity. If Newton weren’t curious about what made an apple fall, gravity wouldn’t be what we know today. If Einstein was not intrigued by matter and space-time, we would not have relativity as the way we have it today. Curiosity is well developed through live demonstrations and activities, and this is where museums come in.
Cons: There are a few minor disadvantages too. Some museums are age specific and consequently not a family tour. Also, not all students take a learning-oriented approach towards museums and often vandalize these hours of science and learning. This, however, is a totally individual to individual matter and should be considered thoroughly.
There is no end to learning, ever. And it’s totally irrelevant what the source of the knowledge is. As long as knowledge is being imparted and absorbed, and people grow wiser effectively, human life prospers and the purpose of science is fulfilled.